A Letter to the Hermosa Beach Community Regarding Changes to City Facilities and Operations in Response to COVID-19
To the Hermosa Beach Community:
To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have significantly altered the City of Hermosa Beach’s operations. We have canceled and postponed major events, suspended senior center and community programs and, beginning Monday, we will start limiting public access to City offices including City Hall and the Community Center.
Mayor Mary Campbell also has scheduled a special meeting of the City Council for 5 p.m. Monday to consider an emergency declaration and other measures to address the coronavirus outbreak, including the governor’s most recent recommendations. As you may know, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for all bars, pubs, distilleries and wineries to close; for restaurants to reduce capacity to maintain social distancing among patrons; and for people age 65 and older to self-isolate because they face an increased risk of ill effects from the virus.
To help keep the community informed, we will be providing daily updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19; related local updates; and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health. You can sign up to receive this daily update on our website here: https://www.hermosabeach.gov/coronavirus.
We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes, and we encourage you to sign up for updates and check back frequently on our website to stay informed.
Following are the operational changes we have undertaken to protect public health. They are in effect through at least March 31:
- Essential City services will continue but access to City Hall offices is limited to City Staff during normal working hours.
- City staff and services will be transitioning to make services available by phone, email or online. A list of City services and department contact information is available on the City Directory page of the website, and some services, such as paying a parking ticket or renewing a dog license, can be completed online.
- Hermosa Beach Police and other City staff that provide essential services outside City Hall – such as street repairs and other Public Works functions – will continue their work in the community while taking additional precautions to reduce the risk of spread. The Hermosa Beach Police Department can still be accessed by the public through its lobby.
- City Council, Board and Commission meetings will continue to be held in the Council Chambers but will be reconfigured to ensure social distancing among members. The public can attend and make comments, but public access will be limited to the lobby during these meetings. The public is encouraged to watch the meetings on local cable channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda webpage and to provide comments via the City’s e-comment system.
- Large-scale public events have been canceled or postponed; smaller events are canceled unless organizers can demonstrate the event will meet the social distancing recommendations of at least 6 feet between participants.
- The Hermosa Five-O Senior Activity Center has been closed and all senior programs canceled.
- City-sponsored community programs are suspended.
- Outdoor fitness permits and outdoor contract classes are suspended.
- Access to the Community Center, Community Theatre, Gymnasium, Second Story Theatre and Clark Building is limited to City staff.
- Hermosa Beach Library is closed.
- Hermosa Beach Skate Park is closed.
- Hermosa Beach City School District has shifted to online instruction until April 13. The City has suspended its P.A.R.K. After School Program until at least April 13.
The City has provided a list of Hermosa Beach cancellations, postponements, and closures on hermosabeach.gov.
Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill. More information is available here.
We are monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Information regarding coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website. To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We thank you for your support and cooperation during this time. Working together, we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and we are looking forward to returning to normal operations soon.
Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal